Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers
Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers
Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers
Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers

ELPHINSTONE, Howard Crawfurd, Harry D. JONES, and William Edward Moyses REILLY. Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers [and] An Account of the Artillery Operations Conducted by the Royal Artillery and ….

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ELPHINSTONE, Howard Crawfurd, Harry D. JONES, and William Edward Moyses REILLY. Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers [and] An Account of the Artillery Operations Conducted by the Royal Artillery and Royal Naval Brigade before Sebastopol in 1854 and 1855. London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, [for HMSO], 1859

Three text volumes in two and large slipcase with dissected and linen-backed lithographs; 4to. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, ruled in gilt and with morocco lettering-pieces, slipcase pebble-grained cloth with two morocco lettering-pieces on spine; pp. vi, 299, [iv], 638; viii, 373, 6 lithographic charts, diagrams and tables in volume I, slipcase with three lithographic views of Sevastopol and one panorama on one folding sheet, maps, plans and sections, numpered 1-20 and 16A on 17 folding sheets; wear to extremities of slipcase, text volumes a little rubbed, and lightly spotted internally, folded lithographs generally in very good condition; armorial engraved boopklates, Mirchouse, inside front covers of the text volumes.
Rare first edition of this monumental a detailed documentation of the theatre of war on southern Crimea. There are copies known with additional frontispiece and lithographic title; however, one known copy has the ms. annotation by HMSO, stating 'This Volume is incomplete, no perfect copies are available for issue'. The introduction for a 2003 partial reprint states 'The culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854-5 was the final bloody episode in the costly Crimean War. It was a story of trench warfare, struggles for strongpoints and bitter bravery and tenacity on both sides. Above all, perhaps, it was a struggle in which the skills of military engineers came into their own' (Naval & Military Press).

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